Sunday, August 9, 2009

September Themes

Inspired by Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight here is our list of September themes and plans. The idea is not to do all of these things, but to give me a menu to pick and choose from. Many books and foods will be made/read/eaten during our afternoon “tea” times. (More about those  and how I am organizing everything coming in more blog posts soon.)

September Themes

Nature: Lingering summer

  • apples
  • honey ~ It's National Honey Month!
  • the autumn equinox (22)
  • Full Corn Moon (4)
  • peanut harvest
  • Mums begin to bloom


  • applesauce ~ homemade, with just a touch of cinnamon
  • alphabet soup ~ for lunch on the first day of lessons
  • make an apple pie
  • homemade peanut butter
  • cross-shaped cinnamon breadsticks ~ Holy Cross tea
  • Devil’s Food cake ~ on the Feast of the Archangels
  • biscuits drizzled in honey
  • Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Bake

Faith: Ordinary Time continues ...

  • The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8)
  • The Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross (14)
  • Michaelmas/The Feast of the Archangels (29)

Family Life:

  • Labor Day (7)
  • New NFL and college season kicks off
  • Grandparents Day (9)


  • The Apple Pie Tree
  • What Makes the Seasons?
  • Growing Apples and Pumpkins
  • The Life and Times of the Apple
  • The Honey Makers
  • Monarch Butterfly

Field Trips:

  • the farmer’s market
  • the beach


  • tell apple stories (find the stars inside)
  • make up a fresh batch of homemade play dough
  • read A Weed is a Flower on Aliki’s birthday (3)
  • read poetry on Jack Prelutsky’s birthday (8)
  • fly flag at half staff on Patriots Day (11)
  • make family hand cross (14)
  • read The Art Lesson on Tomie dePaola’s bithday (15)
  • read Curious George book on HA Rey’s birthday (16)
  • watch for migrating monarch butterflies (17)
  • read Caps for Sale on Esphyr Slobodkina’s birthday (22)
  • read a few autumn poetry selections to mark the equinox
  • take an early autumn nature walk and picnic

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